President Mahinda Rajapaksa unveiled a statue of the late veteran politician Lakshman Kadirgamar on his 8th Death Anniversary yesterday at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) in Colombo.
Kadirgamar, who joined politics in 1994 and served the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government as the Foreign Minister for three times, was assassinated by LTTE on 12th August 2005.
Addressing the occasion, External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L Peiris said the late politician rendered a great service against the LTTE terrorism at diplomatic level massively contributing to the international ban on the terrorist group.
Kadirgamar, himself an ethnic Tamil, during his tenure as Foreign Minister was instrumental in getting the terrorist organization banned by the United States in 1997.
Prof. Peiris said the late politician constantly appeared on behalf of the integrity of Sri Lanka and believed that all ethnic groups should live in harmony. He showed to the international community that there is a clear difference between the expectations of the Tamil community and the LTTE, the Minister said.
President Rajapaksa followed by ministers and parliamentarians paid floral tributes to the statue. His widow Suganthi Kadirgamar and family relatives were present at the occasion.